Representatives of Pizza Hut restaurants in B.C. present a cheque for $87,167 to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.—Image credit: contributed

Pizza chain raises money for diabetes research

Pizza Hut raises $87,167 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Pizza Hut has raised $87,167 to help in the fight against diabetes.

The money, raised by the chain’s 48 restaurants in B.C. including the two in Kelowna, was collected leading up to the recent JDRF Telus Walk to Cure Diabetes.

This year marked the 10th year of Pizza Hut’s involvement with the walk and the 2017 amount raised brings the total that the company has collected for JDRF to $285,000.

The money will go to preventing, treating and finding a cure for Type 1 diabetes. JDRF funds research on a worldwide basis aimed at moving closer to a cure. There are more than 300,000 Canadians living with Type 1 diabetes and the estimated cost to the health care system is expected to be as high as $16 billion by 2020.

“We are very proud of our restaurant teams and our customers overwhelming support for this very important cause” said Mike Cyr, president of PH Restaurants LP. “Pizza Hut strongly believes in getting involved locally which is why it chose an organization like JDRF.”

JDRF recognized PH Restaurants for its fundraising efforts this year, a 47 per cent increase from the previous year. The company was awarded the 2017 Steppin’ Up Corporate Achievement Award.

“We are incredibly touched and inspired by the ongoing commitment and passion the leadership of PH Restaurants embodies and how that has translated to their employees across the province” said Shelina Dilgir, manager of fundraising and development for the TELUS Walk To Cure Diabetes.